Usually they have large heads that require ample height to keep untangled from everything else in your garage or storage shed and they're real space hogs. I don't have that luxury unless I want to leave it leaning in my entryway for all my guests to see upon arrival.
I needed something that got the jobs done that I needed it to, without the need for space. It's 2011, I can have whatever I want right? Right. After a trip to Lowes last Fall, I picked up this collapsible rake. It was right around $10, which was low enough that if it sucked or broke that I wouldn't mind replacing it the next year.
Guess what, it is next year and I still love it. I can choose to extend the tines wide or keep them narrow for raking between plants in gardening beds or tackle wide path's worth of leaves. The handle collapses (which is a bonus if you're on the shorter side) and the whole thing stores in super small spots (like under my rolling tool chest).
I wasn't paid to tell anyone this, nor did I get a cool rake for free from anyone. Think of me as a best friend who is simply sharing their great rake story. Because that's what you talk about with your friends right? Great rakes? Man, you have lame friends.